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A black conservative activist thinks a recent poll should be causing “complete panic” among Democratic leaders.
It’s no secret that the Democratic Party relies heavily on the monolithic support of minority voters, including blacks. A recent poll by Rasmussen Reports found that 51 percent of likely U.S. voters give President Donald Trump good or excellent marks for his handling of the economy. That’s up 12 percentage points from a year ago.
Deroy Murdock is a founding member of the Project 21 Black Leadership Network and a syndicated columnist. He is amazed at Trump’s approval among blacks in this poll. “According to the Rasmussen poll, the black job approval for President Trump is at 40 percent. This is amazing,” he tells OneNewsNow.
Since 1964, no Republican candidate for president has drawn more than 15 percent of the black vote. That’s why the current job-approval number from Rasmussen, according to Murdock, could have monumental repercussions across the American political landscape.
“… Let’s say half of those [black] voters stop voting Democrat and start voting Republican or just decide to stay home,” he suggests. “That is such a huge part of the Democrat base that the entire Democratic Party wobbles badly, if it doesn’t completely fall over. So this is something that I’m sure is causing a complete panic right now among top Democrat circles.”
‘Enormous double standard’
Meanwhile, Murdock says a racially charged joke uttered last week by Hillary Clinton would be the biggest story in the mainstream media if it were uttered by a Republican. The failed Democratic presidential candidate was interviewed by Recode’s Kara Swisher, who brought up the subject of New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker.
Swisher: “What do you think of Cory Booker? What do you think about him saying ‘kick them in the shins’?”
Clinton: “Well, that was Eric Holder …. I know they all look alike.”
The mainstream media downplayed the comment, calling it an “innocent wisecrack” or even an “inappropriate, yet hopefully playful, quip.”
In response to Clinton’s comment, President Trump tweeted:
“Imagine @realDonaldTrump said the exact same thing in the exact same way. What would the media response be? Hysteria? Outrage? It would likely be beyond all that. Because I’m hearing crickets right now after Hillary said it. Wonder why.”
Murdock agrees with the president’s assessment.
“If a Republican had done such a thing, if Donald J. Trump had done that, it would be on the news non-stop. It would be denounced as yet another example of ‘Republican hate’! Probably [along] with protests, demands for resignation,” he offers.
“There’s an enormous double-standard here: if you’re a Democrat there’s no response, [but] if you’re a Republican it’s something close to a war crime.”